The Heisman Trophy will be presented tonight to the best college football athlete. Yeah right, more like the college football player that got the most TV time during the season. A lot of “experts” are calling this Jameis Winston’s coronation, but there are other players that have a legitimate chance at winning the trophy. The 6 finalist are Jordan Lynch, Johnny Manziel, Tre Mason, AJ McCarron, Andre Williams, and of course Jameis Winston. But here is my argument; do you really want to win the Heisman?
The Heisman trophy has been awarded to the best college football player every year since 1935 when it was awarded to Jay Berwanger, a senior running back out of Chicago University. He was drafted in the NFLs first inaugural draft by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1936 but demanded too much of the Eagles ($1,ooo a game) so he was traded to the Chicago Bears. He did not sign right away to try to make the Olympic decathlon team but when he didn’t make it, he and the Bears weren’t able to agree on a contract and so he got a job at a local rubber factory and never played a down in the NFL.
This should have been a sign. Since 2000, only 6 Heisman winners have won the following bowl game.
|Year||Player||Team||Bowl Game||Bowl Game Result|
|2012||Johnny Manziel||#10 Texas A&M||Cotton Bowl Classic||W, 41-13|
|2011||Robert Griffin III||#12 Baylor||Alamo Bowl||W, 67-56|
|2010||Cam Newton||#1 Auburn||BCS National Championship||W, 22-19|
|2009||Mark Ingram||#1 Alabama||BCS National Championship||W, 37-21|
|2008||Sam Bradford||#1 Oklahoma||BCS National Championship||L, 14-24|
|2007||Tim Tebow||#9 Florida||Capital One Bowl||L, 35-41|
|2006||Troy Smith||#1 Ohio State||BCS National Championship||L, 14-41|
|2005||Reggie Bush||USC*||Rose Bowl (National Championship)||L, 38-41|
|2004||Matt Leinart||#1 USC||Orange Bowl (National Championship)||W, 55-19**|
|2003||Jason White||#1 Oklahoma||Sugar Bowl (National Championship)||L, 14-21|
|2002||Carson Palmer||#5 USC||Orange Bowl (National Championship)||W, 38-17|
|2001||Eric Crouch||#2 Nebraska||Rose Bowl (National Championship)||L, 14-37|
|2000||Chris Weinke||#2 Florida State||Orange Bowl (National Championship)||L, 2-13|
*Ranked #1 in the AP and Coaches Polls prior to university penalty and season revocation
** USC’s 2005 BCS Championship was revoked due to player in eligibility
Fifteen Heisman winners went undrafted in the NFL draft including most recent 2003 winner Jason White. There have been 26 quarterbacks that have won the trophy. Out of that 26, 20 of those quarterbacks started in at least one NFL game as a quarterback. Only four of those 20 have had a winning record in the NFL regular season. Only Robert Griffin III has had a career passer rating above 90 (91.5). Since 1950, all 20 of the quarterbacks that have started a game in the NFL have had a combined winning percentage of .487 (with a record of 465-489-3). Only twice has a Heisman winning quarterback led the league in passing yards, but not since 1949. Those two quarterbacks are Davey O’Brien in 1939 and Johnny Lujack in 1949.
Heisman winners have combined for 9 Super bowl wins and only Jim Plunkett and Roger Stauback have won more than 1, they each won 2. And finally there were only 5 hall of famers, Barry Sanders, Marcus Allen, Tony Dorsett, Roger Staughbach, and Doak Walker.
I think that should convince people that the Heisman trophy isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. The only successful Heisman winners as of 2000 are Robert Griffin III (although he is struggling this year), Cam Newton, you can argue Reggie Bush and Carson Palmer. That’s it. So I don’ know about you but I am starting to think that I don’t want to win the Heisman trophy if it means I won’t last long in the pros.